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Isabelle Fox Sunday Best: Bella Gladman


 
1. What's your favourite #IFSundayBest look and why? 
It's hard to pick just one, but if I have to, the white Ursula dress and Jacquemus straw hat stands out for me - it reminds me of the opening shot of Lorde's video for Perfect Places, and if there's one thing about me you must know, I'm a huge fan of Lorde. 
 
 
 
2. Whose style, past or present, do you covet the most?
Bianca Jagger - the white trouser suits, the outrageous hats, the plunging Halston halternecks. I'm just waiting for my next major birthday to recreate the time she rode a white horse at her 30th birthday party at Studio 54.
 
 
  
3. You work as a fashion writer, tell us about your career journey so far.
My path into fashion writing is rather unusual, as I didn't study English or fashion at sixth form or at university - instead I did a niche social sciences degree at UCL, specialising in French and Anthropology. After graduating, I knew I wanted to work in the media, so started in communications at VICE Media as my first full-time job. I interned on the digital fashion desk at the Telegraph and then joined ASOS Magazine, where I am now.
  
4. What does your typical work day look like and how does this affect your personal style?
A large part of my day is in the office, researching and writing features and going to meetings. ASOS is a youthful and fashion-forward workplace so my Monday-Friday wardrobe isn't vastly different from what I'd wear on the weekend - I'm lucky I can get away with relatively casual looks at work. A typical office outfit would be a t-shirt with high-waisted wide-leg trousers (I have a Céline pair that I picked up in a charity shop in Brighton). Oh, and a big cosy sweater to battle the air con. Part of my job involves going out to gigs or evening events as research, so I tend to wear trainers to save my feet.
 
 
5. Where do you look when you're looking for inspiration?
One of my lunchtime pleasures is reading The Paris Review online - beautiful words and thoughtful points are very soothing. For visual stimulus, I close my laptop and walk round the block (even if it's raining, although I draw the line if it's truly freezing). I'm always online so looking at what's going on IRL, whether it's shop windows or passersby, provides an alternative point of view.
 
6. Tell us three Instagram accounts we should be following.
@womennfashion - founded by my friend, photographer Daisy Walker, Women in Fashion is a non-profit network and support space discussing the issues that affect the fashion industry, from body image to diversity to the treatment of models. The Instagram is full of beautiful photographs and Daisy's own illustrations, and it's where you can find info about the inclusive monthly meet-ups that Daisy organises for people to share their thoughts and experiences. 
 
@caseyspooner - Casey Spooner from 00s electroclash outfit Fischerspooner is, quite honestly, my Instagram idol. He consistently posts the most outrageous photos from his adventures, with head-to-toe catwalk outfit pics, fetish shoots, Gay Times covers all competing for attention. There's a lot of nudity and a lot of glamour - your grandma might have to go and have a lie down if she saw it.
 
@ass_thetiks - A feed full of brightly-coloured, kitschy, slightly jarring yet strangely beautiful images, spanning from Dior SS04 catwalk imagery to rainbow coloured chewing gum. It's the perfect thing to add a dose of the absurd to your daily scroll.
 
 
7. The last book you read and loved?
This is hard because I've always got multiple books on the go! In non-fiction, it's Olivia Laing's 'The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone' - it's an exploration of the concept of loneliness, blending Laing's own experience of going through a break-up in New York with the stories of four New York artists (Warhol, Darger, Wojnarowicz and Hopper) and how loneliness informed their work. I think I cried more than once while reading it and it's so special that I've bought multiple copies to give as gifts.
 
Regarding fiction, I've become obsessed with mid-20th century Polish author Witold Gombrowicz. I picked up his book, 'Pornografia', in my local library because I liked the cover (I'm not ashamed to admit it) and then became hooked - it's fiendish, absurdist, erotic and unreliable... (If I was single, that would definitely be my Tinder bio). 
 
 
 
8. Your top three London hotspots - cafés, restaurants, museums - anywhere you love to visit.
The café on the 5th floor of Foyles on Charing Cross Road is my sanctuary when in central London - you can't help but feel calm when surrounded by the potential of new books. Monty's Deli on Hoxton Street does the ultimate reuben sandwich and matzo ball soup. And it might be a cliché, but Frank's on Rye Lane when it opens for the summer - drinking on a rooftop in summer never gets old.
 
9. What's your favourite country to visit?
South Korea is truly incredible. It's a mix of historical tradition (there was a Korean dynasty that lasted 1000 years) and technological advancement (approximately 90% of the population has internet access), with beautiful visual culture and mountain scenery, delicious food, insanely catchy pop music, incredible fashion and beauty, and an alphabet you can easily learn (seriously!). I went with my family a few years ago and everyone we met there was so friendly and welcoming.
 
 
10. What's your Sunday ritual?
Cooking plays a large part - I like to try out new recipes I've ripped out of Sunday supplements, and batch cook food for the week ahead as a gesture towards being organised. About once a month, my flatmate and I host casual dinners round at ours. The key ingredients? A few close friends, multiple courses and rather more wine than is strictly necessary.
 
Edith Wool and Cotton Trousersboth £245
 
Find out more about Bella and her work on her website.

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